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Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate


Children with complex, high acuity health care needs are growing in numbers and their management is presenting challenges. Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioners are prepared to function in collaborative practices to provide children with special health care needs, and their families with interventions to facilitate optimum health and growth. The degree seeking PACNP program is for eligible, experienced pediatric registered nurses who wish to expand their scope of practice as a nurse practitioner. The post-masters program is designed for pediatric nurse practitioners who are nationally certified, and who are graduates of a MSN program. The programs prepare qualified candidates to practice in acute and chronic health care environments including critical care, emergency rooms, specialty office practices or clinics, as well as intensive rehabilitation and early intervention programs. Graduates are prepared to be recognized as Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioners by the Board of Nursing and to take the PACNP National Certification Exam through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. The certificate is also available in a 100% Online format.

Judy LeFlore PhD, RN, NNP-BC, CPNP-PC&AC, ANEF, FAAN
PACNP Director

This program provides you a background to:

  • Assume responsibility as an Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner to provide healthcare to children with complex health needs in secondary and tertiary settings and their families.
  • Utilize expertise in providing care to acutely ill children, including diagnostic reasoning, complex monitoring, and intense therapies.
  • Use research and theoretical knowledge in implementing therapies that restore health, minimize complications, reduce risk factors and improve the growth and development of the child.
  • Coordinate the acute care of the child in collaboration with other health care professionals with attention to principles of ethics, advocacy for the child and family, and an understanding of varying constructs of culture.

Post-Masters Certificate - Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Degree Plan

Post-graduate certificate degree plans are individually created based on a gap analysis of the applicant's MSN transcript and experience. If you have questions about a post masters certificate program and what your specific degree program might look like, you will need to apply for admission to the university, including the submission of your transcripts and curriculum vitae for review.

The degree plan will be based on the MSN PACNP course list, which you can find on this page.

Certificate Students take a different Practicum course than MSN students:

Course Number Title Description Prerequisites? Hours:
Credit/Clinical
NURS 5632 Advanced Clinical Nursing Practicum Clinical preceptorships in selected health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills and concepts in a guided, progressive context of advanced nursing practice. Yes:
All Coursework for major. Good academic standing (GPA 3.0) or Cert. Program Standing.
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